Center for Faculty Innovation

Unraveling Faculty Burnout (Read & Dialogue)

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 11:30 AM - Mon, 1 Apr 2024 1:00 PM

This reading group will bring together faculty from across campus to discuss the book Unraveling Faculty Burnout by Rebecca Pope-Ruark. Participants are expected to complete readings from the book prior to each session.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

During the sessions, participants will engage in a mix of reflection, discussion, and activities to delve more deeply into understanding how burnout affects them, how to set better work-life boundaries, and create/maintain meaning in their work.

This book club is ideal for instructional faculty members at all ranks and stages of their careers, including adjuncts. The book is available as an e-book from the JMU Libraries or participants can request a paper copy courtesy of the CFI. Participants will read the book in stages across this five-week reading group. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with the author and discuss the book on 4/10 after her talk to the campus community (1:30 - 2:30 PM).

Program Dates & Time: Mondays 2/26, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, and 4/1, from 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Location: TBD


Program Outcomes

  • Defining burnout and identifying its symptoms
  • Applying lessons from the book and discussions to set better work-life boundaries
  • Applying lessons from the book and discussions to create/maintain meaning in their work

Apply by Monday, 2/12, at 11:59 PM.

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Application Questions: (QuestionPro Survey)

  1. Name
  2. College/Department
  3. Email
  4. JMU position title
  5. Briefly describe what you hope to get out of this reading group [no more than 100 words]
  6. Describe what contributions you plan to make to this reading group [no more than 100 words]
  7. Will you be able to make all five of the meetings (2/26, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 from 11:30 AM - 1 PM)?
  8. Do you have a preference for how the book club meets?

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.


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